By Mike Harrington
MOOSIC, Pa. -- Sunday's 4-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders continued the Bisons' odd trend of dominance on the road as compared to scuffling at home.
The win gave the Bisons a 20-12 record on the road, tied with Pawutcket for the best mark in the International League (click here for the full IL standings). Buffalo is just 14-16 in Coca-Cola Field, one of four North Division teams better out of their home park.
"No idea why," said infielder Jim Negrych. "I wish I did know. It seems like offensively we swing the bats good at home. It will come there. If we get the pitching like we have the last couple weeks, we're a tough team to face anywhere."
The Bisons are simply scoring more on the road and batting with more power, with 46 of their 72 home runs. That's especially true for IL home run leader Mauro Gomez, who is batting just .217 in Coca-Cola Field with three homers and nine RBIs -- but is at .295-13-28 on the road.
Overall the Bisons are batting .275 at home, averaging 4.4 runs per game and have a team ERA of 4.87. On the road, they're hitting .282, averaging 6.1 runs and posting an ERA of 5.21.
The Bisons haven't had a winning record on the road since manager Marty Brown's 2004 championship went 42-31. How early is it to get to 20 wins away from home? Buffalo went just 26-45 in 2011, and only 27-44 in 2009.
"Those are questions you ask yourself when you look at our record," Brown said. "If you're in a place like Las Vegas, you can understand why but we were a good home team last year in Vegas (40-32). Guys always just have a lot more going on at home. Your family is there and often you're working more at home, doing early work with the staff.
"This team is certainly relaxed on the road but when the crowds start picking up as the weather gets better and kids get out of school, I feel like this team will pick it up too."
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